[2017-18 NBA Preview] Miami Heat

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Miami Heat one of those teams? It’s been four years now since the “BIG THREE” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh broke up and went their separate ways. Ever since then, the Heat have been trying to get back into NBA relevancy, but have faltered along the way. Well, I’m here to tell you that the Miami Heat are still not a very good basketball team, but since they play in the Eastern Conference…they at least have a shot at the post-season. The one player I really like on the Heat’s roster is Hassan Whiteside. That dude is a straight beast who should have taken his talents somewhere else a few years ago, but he choose to re-sign with the Heat and he’s paying them back tremendously. Outside of Whiteside, who do the Miami Heat have to rely on though? Goran Dragic? He’s good, but not great. Dion Waiters? We all know that’s not happening. The Heat are going to need someone to step up this year if they want to do any kind of damage in the Eastern Conference’s post-season. As of right now, the East is a two-team race, but if someone on the Heat not named Whiteside or Dragic can step up and take the reins, the Heat might be a better team than we all think. Just how good exactly?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 66-16 (2012-13), 54-28 (2013-14), 37-45 (2014-15), 48-34 (2015-16), 41-41 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2015-16 Second-Round vs. Toronto Raptors

Last Playoff Series Win: 2015-16 First-Round vs. Charlotte Hornets

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2013-14 NBA Finals vs. San Antonio Spurs

NBA Championships Won: 3


 

Head Coach:

Erik Spoelstra

Overall Record: 440-282

Record With Team: 440-282

Playoff Record: 70-43


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Goran Dragic (20.3 PPG, 5.8 APG, 3.8 RPG, 19.8 PER)

SG: Josh Richardson (10.2 PPG, 2.6 APG, 3.2 RPG, 10.7 PER)

SF: Justise Winslow (10.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.7 APG, 8.2 PER)

PF: James Johnson (12.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.6 APG, 17.0 PER)

C: Hassan Whiteside (17.0 PPG, 14.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 22.6 PER)

Bench:

Dion Waiters (SG), Kelly Olynyk (PF), Tyler Johnson (PG), Rodney McGruder (SF), Edrice Adebayo (C), Wayne Ellington (SG), Okaro White (PF), A.J. Hammons (C), Udonis Haslem (C)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Goran Dragic (20.3)

Rebounds Per Game: Hassan Whiteside (14.1)

Steals Per Game: Goran Dragic (1.2)

Assists Per Game: Goran Dragic (5.8)

Blocks Per Game: Hassan Whiteside (2.1)

Turnovers Per Game: Goran Dragic (2.9)


 

The Prediction:

44-38

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